14 Feb '12, 2am

Climate Change May Bring '100-Year Storms' Every 3 Years

Climate Change May Bring '100-Year Storms' Every 3 Years

NASA Goddard Photo and Video /CC BY 2.0 When Hurricane Irene made landfall along the Eastern seaboard last summer, crippling dozens of communities with record flooding, many folks called the storm a '100-year event' -- but a new study suggests that it will be much sooner than century until we see the next one. A team of scientists from MIT and Princeton University utilized hurricane simulators to determine with what frequency powerful storms could lead to flooding under a variety of climate model projections, and what they found makes all previous usage of the term 'storm of the century' mere hyperbole. According to researchers, climate change's effects on weather systems might mean storms like Hurricane Irene, once considered rare, occur every 3 to 20 years. From MIT News Office : To simulate present and future storm activity in the region, the researchers combined four c...

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